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We are not glorifying anybody: Dino Morea on criticism faced by ‘The Empire’


Actor Dino Morea began his acting career from the small screen with Captain Vyom and then entered Bollywood with the 1999 romance drama Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi. The actor since then has done fabulous work in TV, movies as well as OTT.

Dino stepped into the OTT space with Karisma Kapoor-starrer Mentalhood and Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra’s Hostages season 2. After that the actor continued to make his presence felt in the digital world with series like Tandav and his latest, The Empire.

Based on Alex Rutherford’s Empire of the Moghul series, The Empire witnesses Dino essaying the negative role of Shaibani Khan. However, the actor is unfazed by the labels attached to villainous roles. Instead, he says that actors can’t be boxed into a particular image in today’s times.

“As an actor, I’m not really worried about being typecast. I feel it doesn’t happen anymore. Every character has its unique trajectory, and I try to do my best for every role I take up. So, yes, if offered another negative role, I will take it. I feel certain negative characters, or the ones with grey shades, provide more scope for acting. These characters help you excel. And such interesting characters allure me,” says Dino, who previously also played the antagonist in Hostages season 2.

Even though many people appreciated Dino for his performance, the Disney+Hotstar series is also facing criticism over the glorification of Mughal history. Sharing his thoughts, Dino said, “If you read the book, you will understand that there is a lot of fiction mixed with history to dramatise the narrative and make it more fun to read. Likewise, we have fictionalised our story as well, so viewers remain engaged with the story. Yes, it tells the story of the Mughal era, but we are not glorifying anybody. It’s not history; it’s just a lot of fiction.”